Activity: Autumn Opposite Day

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To prepare for this game, download and print several copies of the colored leaves document below.  Cut out the leaves.  Choose several songs to review and write the “opposite” of the titles on the backs of the red and orange leaves.  (Red are for Junior Primary and orange are for Senior Primary.)  Then choose several fun ways to sing the songs and write the “opposite” of those on the backs of the yellow and brown leaves.  (yellow=junior, brown=senior).  You can find some of my suggestions at the bottom of this post.  

Next, draw the basic outline of a tree trunk on the chalkboard or a large poster.  Tape the leaves around the base of the tree trunk.

Begin Singing Time by telling the children how much you love autumn.  It’s the season when leaves change color and jump from the ground back onto the tree.  When the children protest that the leaves don’t jump onto the tree, but fall, explain to them that it must be opposite day.
Ask two children to come up and choose a leaf.  For Junior, they’ll need one red and one yellow.  For Senior, one orange and one brown.  See if they can figure out the opposite of the song title and way of singing which you’ve written on the backs of the leaves.  Discard those leaves by attaching them to the tree trunk.  Then sing the song in the silly way they’ve chosen.   

SILLY WAYS TO SING

  • Stand on your left foot
    • Stand on your RIGHT foot
  • Face the back of the room
    • Face the FRONT of the room
  • Everyone Conduct
    • NOBODY conduct
  • Loudly
    • SOFTLY
  • Eyes Closed
    • Eyes OPEN
  • Nose Pinched
    • DON’T pinch your nose
  • Tongue Out
    • Tongue IN your mouth
  • Hum
    • DON’T hum
  • Only boys
    • only GIRLS
  • Only girls
    • only BOYS
  • No Piano
    • WITH the piano
  • Lights Off
    • Lights ON
  • Normally
    • NOT normal
  • Fingers in your ears
    • NO fingers in your ears

SONG SUGGESTIONS  (Junior first, then Senior.  Opposite words are in CAPS)

  • If the Savior Stood Beside Me
    • If the Savior SAT Beside Me
    • If the DEVIL SAT BEHIND YOU
  • Holding Hands Around the World
    • Holding Hands Around the SUN
    • NOT TOUCHING Around the SUN
  • 2- I Am a Child of God
    • YOU are a Child of God
    • YOU are a PARENT of God
  • 4- I Lived in Heaven
    • YOU Lived in Heaven
    • YOU Lived in OUTER DARKNESS
  • 9- Can a Little Child Like Me
    • Can an ADULT Like Me
    • Can an ADULT Like YOU
  • 12- A Child’s Prayer
    • An ADULT’S Prayer
    • An ADULT’S SCREAMING
  • 21- For Health and Strength
    • For SICKNESS and WEAKNESS
    • For SICKNESS and WEAKNESS
  • 60-  Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam
    • Jesus Wants Me for a RAINDROP
    • The DEVIL wants YOU for a RAINDROP
    • 88-  On a Golden Springtime
      • On a SILVER Springtime
      • On a SILVER AUTUMN
    • 95-  I Love to See the Temple
      • I Love to See the Mall
      • I HATE to SMELL the RODEO
    • 103-  I Like to Look for Rainbows (When I Am Baptized)
      • I DON’T LIKE to Look for Rainbows
      • I HATE to look for MONOCHROMATIC ARCS IN THE SKY
    • 109- Search, Ponder, and Pray
      • DON’T Search, Ponder, and Pray
      • DON’T LOOK FOR THE ANSWER, DON’T THINK ABOUT IT TOO MUCH, AND COME UP WITH THE SOLUTION ENTIRELY ON YOUR OWN
    • 110- Follow the Prophet
      • Follow the FALSE PROPHET
      • LEAD the FALSE PROPHET
    • 120- Nephi’s Courage
      • LAMAN AND LEMUEL’S  Courage
      • LAMAN AND LEMUEL’S COWARDICE
    • 136-  Love One Another
      • Love YOURSELF
      • HATE YOURSELF
    • 140-  I’ll Walk With You
      • I WON’T Walk With You
      • YOU’LL CRAWL With ME
    • 145 – Kindness Begins With Me
      • MEAN-NESS Begins With Me
      • MEAN-NESS ENDS With YOU
    • 159 – Stand for the Right
      • SIT DOWN for the Right
      • SIT DOWN for the WRONG
    • 168 – I Want to Be a Missionary Now
      • I Want to Be a Missionary LATER
      • I Want to be AN INVESTIGATOR LATER
    • 170- The Things I Do
      • The Things YOU Do
      • The Things YOU DON’T DO
    • 172- We’ll Bring the World His Truth
      • We’ll Bring MARS His Truth
      • We’ll TAKE LIES to MARS
    • 188-  Families Can Be Together Forever
      • FRIENDS Can Be Together Forever
      • FRIENDS Can Be APART TEMPORARILY
    • 228-  My Heavenly Father Loves Me
      • My Heavenly MOTHER Loves Me
      • My Heavenly MOTHER FEELS INDIFFERENTLY ABOUT YOU
    • 236-  “Give,”  Said the Little Stream
      • “TAKE,” Said the Little Stream
      • “BE SELFISH,” said the HUGE OCEAN

    NOTE:  Especially in Junior Primary, make sure you are very clear about what is the “opposite.”  When I read the “opposite” title, I always ask them if that’s right, laugh, make a silly face, shake my head, or something along those lines, so that it is entirely obvious what is real and what is silly.  Take a moment to discuss why the “opposite” title is wrong and why the original title is a correct principle.
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